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#1 mgman

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Posted 03 December 2009 - 10:50 PM

I have Windows XP Media Center Edition, SP3.

I've been using IE8 for a while, now. However, this began recently: When the next page loads (when going to any site), something very small appears in the task bar for half a second and disappears.

I managed to record the strange occurance and have taken a screenshot of it:

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Can anyone tell me if this is malware or maybe I just need to disable a setting?

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Posted 03 December 2009 - 11:16 PM

That looks like the 'Google' "G". Do you have the Google toolbar installed or do you have this? Internet Explorer 8 optimized for Google which states: "Preinstalled Google Toolbar". My guess whatever it is going on, Google has something to do with it.

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Posted 03 December 2009 - 11:25 PM

I was thinking it would involve google, but there isn't anything I did recently with google toolbar, nor did I optimize IE8 for google. I did nothing involving google software since at least 5 months. Something's definitely unusual...

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Posted 03 December 2009 - 11:31 PM

Have any Google products such as these? Google Products

If you do, you might try uninstalling them one by one to see if it goes away. Other than that I'm stumped. But maybe someone else has experienced this. I don't use IE so I'm unaware of this phenomenon.

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Posted 03 December 2009 - 11:40 PM

Nope, it looks very much like I don't have any of those installed on my PC.

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 12:25 PM

BUMP... someone?

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 10:18 PM

I suggest for you to post in the Am I Infected section of the forum so that you can rule out malware as a problem.
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